Proud Wright helps make history
Luke Wright speaks after England's World Twenty20 triumph
As he struggled to come to terms with England's historic triumph, Luke Wright admitted their ICC World Twenty20 victory was "the proudest moment of my life".
The all-rounder’s explosive batting was not required as England marched to their first world trophy with victory over arch-rivals Australia at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.
But, after taking the crucial wicket of Cameron Wright - in his only over of the tournament - and some explosive hitting earlier in the competition and consistently excellent fielding throughout, Wright has made a telling contribution.
Whilst he was not involved in England’s Ashes triumph last year, he could hardly imagine a more inspiring atmosphere than the one in Georgetown yesterday.
“It was unbelievable,” he told ECBtv. “Just the proudest moment of my life and I’m sure a lot of the other guys are the same.
“Obviously I wasn’t involved in the Ashes but I don’t know how it could have got any better than that.
“I was stood next to Yards (Michael Yardy) and the whole time the hairs on your neck were stood up and we were so proud. The support we’ve had throughout the tournament has been ridiculous.
“It's been so good and to have it again - it really is a 12th man - and to win today against Australia was just a great feeling.”
Although England made short work of a chase of 149 to win, thanks largely to Craig Kieswetter and Kevin Pietersen's blistering second-wicket stand of 111, England remained guarded until Paul Collingwood hit the winning runs and the celebrations began.
“It didn't seem quite as comfortable when you’re sitting there waiting to bat,” Wright added.
“We all sat there and lived every run, even when there was still 10 to win. You just never know with Australia; they always comeback and never let you win easily.
“So it didn't feel like that but once those winning runs were hit we just could not believe it and I think we have all just been pinching ourselves.
“To start where we were and to come this far is incredible.”